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Gla­di­a­tor 2000 It was em­peror Com­modus that brought Phoenix’s trans­for­ma­tional abil­i­ties to the main­stream. “I made him flab­bier, to show how this scrawny prince had kinda ripened into an em­peror,” he says. thumbs up.

Walk the line 2005

Phoenix strummed his way to a de­served Os­car nod for his rig­or­ous take on Johnny Cash, singing and play­ing the Man In Black’s songs him­self. “It was ter­ri­fy­ing,” he re­calls.

i’m Still here 2010

Car-crash in­ter­views, a ca­reer as a rap­per, and a face hid­den be­hind sun­glasses and a beard… this di­vi­sive piece of per­for­mance art crys­tallised Phoenix’s od­dball pub­lic per­sona and his taste for the un­con­ven­tional.

the maS­ter 2012

“there was noth­ing solid or con­sis­tent about Fred­die,” says Phoenix of his flighty char­ac­ter, se­duced by Philip Sey­mour hoff­man’s charis­matic cult leader. It’s a chal­leng­ing film that makes full use of Phoenix’s raw in­ten­sity.

you Were never re­ally here 2017

Phoenix’s most re­cent per­for­mance might be his best yet. with pools of in­ter­nalised rage buried un­der his mus­cu­lar ex­te­rior, tightly coiled aveng­ing an­gel Joe is the clos­est thing this gen­er­a­tion has to travis Bickle. MM

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